Education authorities want all school uniforms to have a South African flag on it by next year.
Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi caused a Twitter storm when he made the suggestion on Wednesday.
Lesufi tweeted: “The South African flag is a national symbol which every young person has to become intimately familiar with.
“My wish is to ensure that from 2017, all school uniforms must have our SA flag just like national sporting teams.”
His spokesman Oupa Bodibe said a debate would be initiated with school governing bodies as soon as possible.
Bodibe says: “We will be going into consultation and also talk to uniform manufacturers so they can add the flag in their production processes.”
But the MEC’s proposal hasn’t gone down well with everyone.
University of the Free State vice-chancellor Professor Jonathan Jansen tweeted: “We know it’s an election year, but an MEC’s proposal to put the SA flag on every school uniform is plain silly.”
One parent asked who would carry the cost, while another wondered about the tender allocation for the flag, to which the MEC responded: “Why should it be about tenders? Our children can sew them.”
But an equal number of people applauded the MEC, saying it was a good move.
“The uniform proposal is fantastic. Patriotism is something we must learn from an early age #SouthAfrican #African,” tweeted Kwanene Kunene.